The Ford EcoSport – informally known as the Fiesta on steroids – is boosting the automaker’s bottom line in South Africa.

Launched a month ago, Ford announced the compact newcomer is responsible for a 67% rise in sales for August, as compared to last year. They managed to find 522 new homes for the EcoSport.

Ford EcoSport Side - Surf4cars

According to Ford’s marketing men, the dainty SUV occupies what was previously a “white space” in their line-up. They’ve attributed its early success to the car’s feature-richness, striking design and technology.

This news might have the Renault camp in worry, as they prepare to launch their Duster compact-SUV this month. We’ll be attending the launch in Cape Town next week.

Ford EcoSport Right Side - Surf4cars

Mark Kaufman, Ford’s vice president of marketing, sales and service in South Africa explained that he was confident that Ford would sustain local sales success, despite recent labour actions that affected production last month.

We’ll be spending time with the EcoSport soon, stay tuned for our impressions, video review and infographic.